To get a driver licence in Queensland or add another class to your existing licence, you must pass written and practical driving tests. If you hold a P1 licence, you also need to pass a hazard perception test before getting your P2 or open licence.
You must pass a written road rules test before you can:
- get a learner licence
- get a different class of licence
- apply to transfer certain foreign licences to Queensland.
Preparing for the written test
The questions in the test come from Your Keys to Driving in Queensland which has information on Queensland road rules, driver licensing requirements and sample test questions.
Class C (car) general road rules test
This test has 30 questions. To pass you must correctly answer:
- 9 out of 10 questions about giving way
- 18 out of 20 questions about road rules and driver licence requirements.
Class RE or R (motorbike) road rules test
You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly on road rules for motorbikes.
You don’t need to take this test if you already have a Queensland class RE licence and are upgrading to a class R.
Class LR, MR, HR, HC or MC (heavy vehicle) road rules test
You must answer 8 out of 10 questions correctly on the road rules for heavy vehicles.
You don’t need to take this test if you already have an Australian heavy vehicle licence.
Taking the written test
To take the test, you must bring these items to a customer service centre:
The test is multiple choice and takes about 30 minutes. You can take the test once a day, but you must pay the fee for each attempt. If you pass the test, your results are valid for 5 years.
You can upgrade your learner licence by passing a practical driving test.
Booking your practical test
To book a practical driving test you can:
- book and pay online
- book and pay by calling 13 23 90
- pay the booking fee at a customer service centre and then book your test by calling 13 23 90
- pay the booking fee and then have your driver trainer book the test for you.
If you book online or over the phone, you can pay with a Visa or MasterCard. You can pay with cash, cheque, money order, debit or credit cards at a customer service centre.
The practical driving test costs $47.15—this includes the booking fee.
From 1 July, payments made by credit card will incur a credit card surcharge.
Changing or cancelling your test booking
You can change or cancel a booking:
Contact us at least 2 full business days before your booking to receive a refund.
What to bring to your practical test
You should arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time. On the day of your test, you must bring:
- a completed, unsigned application form
- proof of your identity
- any current Queensland or foreign licence (with a recognised English translation, if applicable) that you have
- a standard test vehicle with correctly displayed L-plates.
If you don’t meet these requirements, you will need to book and pay for a new test.
Your test fee will not be refunded if your test is cancelled because:
- you arrive late
- you don’t meet the logbook requirements at the time of the test
- you don’t have the vehicle’s owner’s permission to use the vehicle for the test
- your test vehicle isn’t safe and suitable for the test.
A recognised English translation is a translation provided by:
- a translator accredited with the National Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI)
- the Victorian Interpreting and Translating Services—for migrants and refugees within their first 2 years of residence
- the New South Wales Community Relations Commission (CRC)
- a Consul-General or authorised officer—the translation must be on official letterhead and stamped with the official consulate stamp.
Taking the practical driving test
Your driving examiner will give you instructions before you start your test. Listen carefully to the instructions and ask questions about anything you don’t understand. After the test has started, the driving examiner can’t answer questions that may influence your driving performance.
Your driving examiner will give you tasks to perform during the test. You must complete these tasks while following the road rules. The driving examiner will not ask you to do anything illegal or unsafe.
If your test vehicle is fitted with blind-spot mirrors, you must still look over your shoulder to make sure there are no vehicles in either blind spot.
Make sure you turn off your mobile phone before the test begins.
The length of the test will depend on the licence code you are applying for. However, events such as roadworks and crashes may affect the length of your test.
|Licence code||Maximum on-road test time|
|RE and R||35 minutes|
|C and LR||35 minutes|
|MR and HR||70 minutes|
After the practical driving test
Your driving examiner will discuss the results of your test at the testing centre at the end of your test.
If you have passed the test
- If you hold a learner licence or foreign licence, you must pay the licence fee before your new licence can be issued.
- If you already hold a current Queensland provisional P1, P2 or open licence, you will be issued a new licence showing the upgraded licence class at no cost.
- You must remove your L-plates before you leave the centre.
- If you are issued with a P1 or P2 licence, you must display the relevant P-plates. Not displaying a P-plate also carries a fine and 2 demerit points.
- Becoming a P-plater means you can’t drive a high-powered (performance) vehicle. This means, if you passed your driving test in a high-powered vehicle, you will not be able to drive it away from the testing centre.
If you haven’t passed the test
- Before you leave, make sure you know exactly what you did wrong and how you can improve.
- Come back after more practice and try again.
- There is no limit to the number of times you may take the test, but you must pay a fee every time.
- You can only take 1 test per day.